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by snacksthecat
07 Sep 2019, 05:33
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Taking a break
Replies: 18
Views: 3010

Taking a break

Warning: Rant / pity-party ahead So my intention isn't to whine like a little baby or anything. More so, I'd just like to put this out there so people I frequently talk to don't wonder where I've gone. Also, I'm really interested in what other peoples' perspectives are on the things I'm going to ta...
by snacksthecat
06 Sep 2019, 21:43
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Black IBM Battleship Model F
Replies: 5
Views: 1508

Re: Black IBM Battleship Model F

Yeah, definitely really nice job on the paint. People don't realize all the factors that go into a nice looking paint job. I myself am pretty terrible at it but I have an appreciation for the effort that goes into it. The only thing that would make it cooler would be a vantablack paint job (like tha...
by snacksthecat
03 Sep 2019, 19:37
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My first handwired keyboard ever!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2448

Re: My first handwired keyboard ever!!!

QMK has a pretty extensive "sound" library. I imagine that's the rationale for including the buzzer footprint on this proton board. I was aware of the proton but never knew it had this spot on it!
by snacksthecat
02 Sep 2019, 22:20
Forum: Workshop
Topic: My first handwired keyboard ever!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 2448

Re: My first handwired keyboard ever!!!

I love the buzzer as well. Just used a similar one in one of my projects. I wish it made a "click" noise though. Does such a component exist?
by snacksthecat
02 Sep 2019, 19:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A case of keyboard hibernation?
Replies: 4
Views: 823

Re: A case of keyboard hibernation?

Right now I'm frustrated. Not because this is a particularly big task, but because I don't know how/why it happened in the first place. I'm even more frustrated that my nice new desoldering iron didn't come with a tip sized for Alps pins (I know, how dare the manufacturer). This is compounded by the...
by snacksthecat
02 Sep 2019, 06:00
Forum: Other external
Topic: Great/Interesting Finds
Replies: 22745
Views: 1328109

Re: Great/Interesting Finds

//gainsborough wrote:
02 Sep 2019, 05:58
Dunno if this was posted already:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Symbolics-LISP ... .l4275.c10
I'll buy one, you buy one, and we can online game against each other.
by snacksthecat
02 Sep 2019, 04:39
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 72
Views: 11922

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

First attempt at a well-looped gif. :twisted:

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by snacksthecat
01 Sep 2019, 23:15
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)
Replies: 41
Views: 4105

Re: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)

The last thing I must do is finish retrobriting the caps. If you remember, they started out quite yellow. https://i.imgur.com/1a6D7W5.jpg I've already done one round of gentile retrobrite but they could use a bit more. There's no sun in Chicago today (plus I've got no outside space to let things sit...
by snacksthecat
01 Sep 2019, 06:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

Interestingly enough, it doesn't want to work with Soarer's converter. I'm not sure if it's the board or my pro-micro, but they aren't playing well together. The back sticker on the case said "XT Compatible". However, I've come to learn (in the keyboard world), that this usually is a guarantee that ...
by snacksthecat
01 Sep 2019, 05:19
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

Great photos and great write up. You know how to use a macro lens. Thank you. Your procedures look very familiar. The tip for using a laundry drying rack for inner assemblies is neat. Here's my tip: use a salad spinner to rinse and dry key caps. Hey thanks a lot! And thanks for the tip about the sa...
by snacksthecat
01 Sep 2019, 01:54
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

I'm pretty sure the sliders are POM so I wasn't sure if lubing them would help or hurt. But I decided to throw caution to the wind and just go for it. All I know is dry lube, so I used the teflon spray along with the bag method. At least I think this is what people are talking about when they mentio...
by snacksthecat
01 Sep 2019, 01:29
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

Chyros wrote:
01 Sep 2019, 00:39
Is... is that a sonicator? xD
Um, "Sonicare" is a toothbrush. My magnificent machine is a MagnaSonic, Chryos.

I have some nice things, I swear. Just not a nice cleaner.

Edit: just realized you said "Sonicator". Speaking of clones.
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 22:35
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

The plate was the only difficult thing to clean. Reason being, it has all these deep, awkwardly sized slots where the sliders go. To clean it I gave it a good scrub down with a long bristled brush and some dish soap. These seems to have done an acceptable job. https://i.imgur.com/czW1xsj.jpg Then it...
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 22:01
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

So, you have a Laser-branded keyboard with an FCC ID that points to Vtech. I have a VTech-branded board with and FCC ID that points to Laser. https://imgur.com/a/Ct5v0VT The plot thickens :p Twist! They're both counterfeits made by a third party! And now for the most mundane gif I've ever made. I t...
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 20:28
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

https://i.imgur.com/48W8idY.gif Today is cleaning day. I'm starting with the case. The texturing of the plastic really likes to hold onto dirt. I love the feel of it, but it make scrubbing a big pain. Speaking of inconvenient things, I'd like to mask off the stickers on the back and the badge so th...
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 20:12
Forum: Gallery
Topic: OrIgInAl AnD cOoL
Replies: 4
Views: 1444

Re: OrIgInAl AnD cOoL

I call it, "(almost) ready for battle"

Header image material!
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 17:03
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

Printed on the board is the VTECH logo. I have not looked into this company at all at this point. They're still around: Wikipedia article , company website . Maybe I'm dating myself but I thought they were somewhat of a household name. You're absolutely right. I didn't make the mental connection bu...
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 06:37
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

I'm really fascinated by this keyboard. I took a bunch of pictures, trying to be as detailed as possible. Here goes! Domes These are in great shape. They are baby blue in color and are quite interesting looking in real life. As mentioned above, the switches are conductive. You'll see in the PCB phot...
by snacksthecat
31 Aug 2019, 04:34
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

So where does actuation lie? And how mushy does it feel? Topre's not the only good dome out there, but regular contact domes do tend to degrade much worse than capacitative Topre does. :) I'll have to let you know about the actuation once I've put it back together. I got a little carried away and d...
by snacksthecat
30 Aug 2019, 19:25
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Re: Laser Keyboard

Muirium wrote:
30 Aug 2019, 17:58
Topre with contacts would be regular rubber dome. Or indeed conductive dome Topre!
Conductive, dome, mx-mount, Topre!
by snacksthecat
30 Aug 2019, 05:38
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Alps Appreciation
Replies: 3285
Views: 166631

Re: Alps Appreciation

Warning: Shocking
Spoiler:
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Sometimes you've got to get a little bit morbid to gain some perspective. Really makes you appreciate the boards that make it out in one piece!
by snacksthecat
30 Aug 2019, 05:26
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Laser Keyboard
Replies: 23
Views: 1528

Laser Keyboard

I bought this cool Laser keyboard off eBay the other day. It's different from the other Laser keyboards I've seen before. I didn't recognize the key switch from the listing photos and I still sure exactly what they are. I took a few photos on my phone. I was too lazy to do a set of proper pictures a...
by snacksthecat
27 Aug 2019, 20:14
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: IBM M122 and IBM 3187 Keyboards
Replies: 5
Views: 334

Re: IBM M122 and IBM 3187 Keyboards

I wrote a little guide a while back.

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=21899
by snacksthecat
27 Aug 2019, 03:13
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: A case of keyboard hibernation?
Replies: 4
Views: 823

A case of keyboard hibernation?

I have a keyboard with Alps SKCM switches in it. It was in decent condition when I got it, just a little dusty. I have been working on restoring and converting this board. I've desoldered all the switches and ultrasonic'd the sliders and switch tops. Now everything is all back together. When I start...
by snacksthecat
27 Aug 2019, 01:09
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)
Replies: 41
Views: 4105

Re: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)

Oh no, it's so big. This will never fit in the case. I have a feeling I will be rebuilding. https://i.imgur.com/WknQEvo.jpg I tried a few different passive buzzers that I had from various keyboards. Interestingly enough, the largest one (from a Televideo board) was the quietest. I ended up pulling o...
by snacksthecat
27 Aug 2019, 00:08
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest
Replies: 72
Views: 11922

Re: The 2019 Keyboard Meme Contest

PlacaFromHell wrote:
25 Aug 2019, 03:00
This one is my favorite GIF:
Spoiler:
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Holy hell that's funny
by snacksthecat
26 Aug 2019, 03:31
Forum: Workshop
Topic: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)
Replies: 41
Views: 4105

Re: Fortune Systems looooong keyboard with Digitran capacitive switches (conversion)

User101 would like not just the buzzer to work but also for the volume knob to be functional as well. From what I can tell so far, active buzzers have a very narrow voltage range, and it's not particularly useful for controlling volume. I decided to abandon this idea and move onto something differen...
by snacksthecat
25 Aug 2019, 04:49
Forum: Workshop
Topic: [Done] CommonSense: matrix LCR meter with a HID interface
Replies: 526
Views: 45986

Re: [Done] CommonSense controller - better capsense!

PancakeMSTR wrote:
25 Aug 2019, 04:45
Let's get this out of the way: I'm typing this comment on my beamspring.
Congrats dude! Let's hope it doesn't "change it's mind" and go back to how it was acting before.
by snacksthecat
25 Aug 2019, 04:08
Forum: Workshop
Topic: What the hell? (IBM 5556?)
Replies: 14
Views: 2030

Re: What the hell? (IBM 5556?)

Another day another buzzer. One thing I guess I didn't show in any of the photos is that this thing came with a buzzer/speaker doodad. I think it would be really cool to get that functioning again! You know, preserve another little piece of the original keyboard. I explained in another thread the he...

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